Nigeria Denies Shortage Of Vaccine

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The Federal Government has assured Nigerians and the International Community that contrary to speculation, there is adequate supply of vaccines and injection materials at all health facilities in the country.

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), is the main procurer of vaccines for the country.

The Executive Director and Chief Executive, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Muhammad disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Abuja at the weekend.

Dr. Muhammad further disclosed that the FG in “continued demonstration of Mr. President’s commitment to the transformation agenda and ensuring safety of lives of Nigerian women and children, the Federal Government, in 2014, provided a sum of six billion Naira for vaccine procurement through UNICEF”.

He said all the vaccines needed for the first quarter of 2014 had already been procured and distributed to all health facilities nation-wide since November last year.

Dr. Muhammad gave the assurance that Nigeria had enough vaccines for Immunization in all antigens that could last the nation until the 3rd quarter of 2014 and procurement process for future requests had since commenced.

He noted with delight, Nigeria’s success in attaining over 83% coverage in routine immunization in 2013, stressing that Nigeria’s target of 87% coverage for 2015 would be achieved.

He added that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is committed to enhancing access to life-saving commodities for women and children and improving health outcomes in Nigeria.

He therefore called on all parents and care -givers to avail themselves for immunization services by making their children and wards available for immunization against preventable diseases.

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